Inca Son୩ssion is to introduce & educate people
to the riches and beauty of the Andean culture and
to preserve the Inca history.
The Inca Son musicians and dancers share their
culture in a range of settings, including the
classroom through workshops.
These workshops are an ideal complement for units on
history, world cultures, Spanish, or the arts.
Music, Dance, and Inca Belief workshops
are available for students of all ages.
Students learn how to
play basic tunes on Andean pan-flutes know as the siku.
They leave the workshop with sufficient understanding of
the instrument to be able to advance on their own.
advance of the music workshop, teachers may receive a
little booklet about the siku (double-row pan-flutes)
for students. (See below on how to receive one of these
Students pair with a partner to learn
centuries-old steps and formations to festive Andean
Focus is on the traditions, philosophy,
knowledge, medicine, religion, values and daily life of
this fascinating civilization.
Cesar Villalobos L., Founder / Creative Director of the group, is a
very professional and engaging teacher. He has almost 20
years of experience in giving workshops focusing on
Andean music, dance, & culture. He has the honor of
having received the 徲007 Distinguished Art
Educator in Music Award쯢>from the Massachusetts
Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for superior
teaching, professional involvement, leadership beyond
the classroom, and ability to communicate effectively
about arts education. He has also received 壯gnitions
of Distinction沯m Senator John F. Kerry and Senator
Edward M. Kennedy for winning this award.
In addition to these workshops, Inca Son also performs
in school auditoriums or other appropriate spaces. Inca
Son brings creative and exceptionally talented
musicians, who are masters of their instruments; and a
company of native dancers (National Folkdance Champions
of Peru) that perform dances native to the Andes, as
well as Afro-Peruvian dances from the country࣯ast.
With their distinctive sounds on the pan-flutes, Inca
Son performs both traditional songs, arranged in a
unique style, and original compositions on many
instruments they make themselves. Each song and dance
has a special importance, meaning, or background from
many different Andean folkloric periods which are
described before they are performed.
Combining these workshops with a performance by
Inca Son is
an exciting and educational experience!
Workshops followed by a performance in which the student
can take an active role are particularly enriching.
The group has available: professional
sound equipment; liability insurance; stage props
(colorful backdrops with authentic scenes from ancient
Peru); extraordinary collection of Inca costumes &
Andean attire; and a very resourceful 塣hers Study
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"....Highly regarded in the Massachusetts cultural
community, Mr. Villalobos and Inca Son have consistently
received high marks by MCC review panels for their
excellent work and have been awarded MCC funds to
support programs of traditional Andean music and dance
in more than 30 Massachusetts' schools..."
Massachusetts Cultural Council
"....Inca Son was awarded membership on the New England
Touring Program roster. Thus the New England Foundation
for the Arts supports the activities of Inca Son through
grants......the New England Touring Program receives
funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the
six New England state arts agencies, and leading
corporations and foundations. Inca Son has earned a
reputation as a very high quality touring ensemble. We
are proud to be associated with their
activities. Furthermore, Mr. Villalobos exemplifies
reliability as well as musicianship as an ensemble
leader......we have received only compliments about Inca
Son's interactions with communities..."
New England Foundation for the Arts
"...The many positive evaluations that we received are
indicative of the high quality of your performance and
the sincere appreciation of the teachers present." Donald
"Your program, enthusiasm, respect for the students, and
sheer joy in your music was truly wonderful to see and
The Cultural Education Collaborative
"Don't waste another second trying to decide whether or
not to have Inca Son perform in your school.... As a
head of school, I was deeply moved by the way our
students and faculty embraced Inca Son's music and the
culture they represent. A profound sense of respect for
a world far away from Deerfield, MA filled the room, all
inspired by an irresistible group pf accomplished
musicians led by a very personable Cesar Villalobos. It
was undeniably some of the best money we've ever spent
on a performance, and I have no doubt that our students
will long remember how special it was"
Shelley Borror Jackson,
Head of School,
The Bement School
"....I have been an educator for over twenty years and
have seldom witnessed a more engaging and powerful
presenter. Our students and our school have been
enriched tremendously because of the two days we spent
with Inca Son and I am grateful that performers of this
caliber understand the importance of working with our
Robert Melican Middle School
"...It is what society as a whole and education systems
in particular need more of."
University of Rhode Island
"...As students and faculty were filing out of the
auditorium I overheard their comments; "That was
awesome!", "That was the best assembly we've ever had",
"Thank you for bringing INCA SON to our school". I am
sure you have left a lasting message of friendship,
pride, cooperation and tolerance that will fill our
halls and classrooms for months to come."
Silver Lake Middle School
"... Our preschool students had learned about Peru, but
allowing them to participate in the music and dance was
almost like taking them there....They also felt very
special to have the opportunity to ask you questions
about life in the mountains of Peru. The infants and
toddlers also had a great time.....We found your ability
to address such a diverse group remarkable and would
appreciate your kind presence again some day."
Sister Louise Kearns,
Julie's Family learning Program, Inc.
"... Inca Son's performance was magnificent! Our
students and staff were mesmerized by the sights and
sounds. By the end of the performance, many were up and
dancing! Everyone is still talking about the
Medina Peyton, Principal,
Atlantic City Schools,
Sovereign Avenue School
"... Inca Son is a valuable asset to our cultural
exchange here at Philips Academy....Mr. Villalobos is an
ambassador for his culture..."
"What a happy and glorious two days we had with Inca Son
Music and Dance of the Andes!...Not only are the
musician's talents and musical skills superb, but their
presentation is both impressive and captivating.....As
they start their first song, you feel as though you are
ina fara away place in the Andes Mountains...I highly
recommend Inca Son to any venues and occasions where
good world music and culturla diversity are
Director of the Fine Arts Center,
Castleton State College of Vermont
ലue highlight for the children and staff was the
performance by Inca Son Your music is simply beautiful
and was executed with such grace and style. I was
especially impressed with the way you handled the
children in grades K through 5 with such sensitivity and
understanding. The children were truly engaged by your
music and explanations.좾Michelle Little,
Wakefield Elementary School,
"As the Manager of Youth Programs at the museum in
Washington, D.C., I recently had the pleasure of
bringing the group Inca Son to perform for a family
program. After running a workshop teaching children and
families how to play the pan pipes, the group gave two
music and dance performance over the course of the
afternoon. They were wonderful!!.....It is my hope that
they....continue to bring their wealth of knowledge and
talent to the youth and families of the Unites States."
National Museum of Women in